Kearney Regional Medical Center is increasing its stock of personal protective equipment (PPE) to prepare for an influx of COVID-19 patients and ensure the continued safety of its staff members.
As of Friday, March 27th, all direct patient care employees will be wearing a surgical mask or other PPE depending on their type of patient care.
The Supply Chain at Kearney Regional Medical Center has been working diligently for weeks to purchase maximum supplies of PPE.
In the past two weeks Kearney Regional Medical Center and Platte Valley Medical Group have also received donations of surgical masks, N95 masks, and industrial-produced hand sanitizer from: Lowes (national donation), Nebraska National Guard Armory, Fastenal, Kappa Ethanol, Kirk Melson Plumbing, Jimmi Ann Anderson, Delux Manufacturing, and Green Light Contracting.
At this time, homemade surgical masks are not being accepted as they have not been approved by the CDC for direct patient care use. Homemade mask effectiveness is currently being studied by students at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Any business that may have a bulk supply of medical equipment such as: surgical masks, N95 masks, eye protection, medical grade disposable gloves, and scrubs that they would like to donate should contact Outreach and Community Development Coordinator Trish Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 308-455-3881.
Examples of businesses that may have access to such supplies include: dental clinics, tattoo parlors, nail salons, manufacturing companies and construction companies.
Visitors are also being limited as of Saturday, March 28th to help preserve PPE and limit any unnecessary risk for infections. No visitors will be allowed at the facility with the exception of: one support person per laboring mother in the Maternity Care Center, one parent per pediatric patient, one caretaker per outpatient surgery patient for discharge instructions and transport, or other extenuating circumstances. All visitors will be masked and will be asked to stay in the patient room.
For more information, please visit KearneyRegional.com/COVID19.